Ballarat champion pacer Poster Boy signalled his return to the racetrack in winning style in a Ballarat trial on Tuesday.
The Emma Stewart-trained Poster Boy had the better of stablemates Egodan and Brevity - rating 1:58.5 over 2200m after running his last 800m in 55.9 seconds and 400m in 26.6.
The five-year-old has not raced since May last year, when he suffered a life-threatening bout of pneumonia on the event of the Vicbred Super Series.
Poster Boy was at the peak of his powers at the time and potentially on course to Australia's best pacer.
A winner of 19 races from just 27 starts and almost $800,000 in earnings just three starts ago saluted in Australia's premier 4yo feature - the group 1 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney.
He followed that with a third to Spankem and Ballarat Pacing Cup winner Thefixer in the Miracle Mile.
Myrniong-based Greg Sugars took the reins on Poster Boy on Tuesday, easing him to the lead and dictating terms.
The trials were completed just hours before harness racing in Victoria came to an indefinite halt as a result of a an industry participant at Penrith in New South Wales being linked to a person to have tested to positive to COVID-19.
Harness Racing Victoria initially cancelled a Bendigo meeting on Tuesday. This was extended with all race meetings until Friday being impacted while further COVID-19 tests were carried out in NSW.